Most visitors to Fiji find spending time here fun and simple as the people are friendly and welcoming to foreigners. Getting around is easy as there is plenty of public transport available and most people in major tourists areas speak a reasonable amount of English. While some visitors prefer to travel independently, there are also plenty of tour guides and special trips available to make the experience smooth and simple.
While the people of Fiji are accepting of the different cultural practices of foreigners, visitors are urged to take note of the conservative customs that are followed here, especially in regards to dress. Women in particular should dress modestly and avoid wearing skimpy clothing, especially when entering villages.
Speaking loudly implies anger in the Fijian culture, so use a soft tone of voice and remove sunglasses when talking with local people. Tipping is usually discouraged in Fiji and 12.5 percent VAT is included in the price of most services and goods.
The official currency in Fiji is the Fiji dollar. However, US dollars are widely accepted and carrying a supply of American money saves visitors from having to deal with banks and moneychangers.
ATMs are easy to find in major towns, while ANZ Bank, Westpac Bank and Colonial National Bank change currency and traveler's checks. Major credit cards are generally accepted in large hotels and shopping malls as well as some restaurants.
The weather in Fiji is mild and stable throughout the year and there are two distinct seasons: dry and rainy. The best time to visit is from March to November, when the weather is cool and dry. This is also the peak tourist season and popular areas tend to be rather crowded during this time.
Many visitors prefer to visit Fiji during the wet season, which occurs from December to April, as accommodation prices are lower and the beaches are much less crowded. Cyclones tend to occur in January and February, although they are rarely severe.
Getting from the airport is easy as there are numerous transport options available. The public bus network around Fiji is extensive and this is by far the cheapest way to get around. The Sunbeam Transport company runs non-air-conditioned express buses around Viti Levu, while express buses cover major routes on the islands.
Visitors who opt to travel by taxi should agree on the fare in advance as metered taxis are rare in Fiji. There are also regular ferries and planes to take visitors between the main islands, while those who want to visit smaller islands should charter a private boat.
Spoken languages: Fijian, English, Hindustani
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